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MindSnacks Turns Learning a Language Into a Game

MindSnacks Turns Learning a Language Into a Game | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
MindSnacks makes interactive games that help users learn 13 different languages and SAT vocabulary.

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Sense, Sensibility and Sentences: Examining and Writing Memorable Lines

Sense, Sensibility and Sentences: Examining and Writing Memorable Lines | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Article by Shannon Doyne and Holly Epstein Ojalvo

 

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"This lesson plan is focused on the art of writing memorable sentences, and how descriptive language has been found to stimulate cognitive function. The writers of this blog post say students first should study their favorite sentences, discussing the qualities that make them great. They should then work in groups to paraphrase the sentences, comparing their new creations to the originals and discussing their own cognitive responses to each."


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J. Peterman Talent Show - Entry Page | Peterman's Eye

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J. Peterman Talent Show - We are all famous and talented. (At least for 15 minutes.) Here's your chance to win $3000.00

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DARE | DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN REGIONAL ENGLISH

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The Dictionary of American Regional English

Like other dictionaries, the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is arranged alphabetically by headword, from A to Z.


What is different about DARE is that it shows where people use the words that are included. We all know, for example, that Americans have many names for the kind of sandwich that includes meats, cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, etc., served in a long bun.


What DARE can tell you (and can often illustrate through the use of maps based on fieldwork) is where the words hero, hoagie, grinder, sub, torpedo, Cuban, etc. are the local terms for this sandwich. It can also tell you where people use the words darning needle, ear cutter, eye stitcher, mosquito (or skeeter) hawk, sewing needle, snake doctor, or snake feeder (among other terms) for a dragonfly.

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Mike Shultz's Writing Lesson #4-Banish Boring Words in Writing

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Here's a page of examples contrasting:


Weak

Tolerable

and Better 


Word choice. 

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HOME - Edgalaxy: Where Education and Technology Meet.

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Wordia is a free games-based learning platform - built on the foundations of a dictionary - that blends word-based learning games with interactive video vocabulary.


Wordia encourages students to learn through play - building subject ‘Word Banks’ as they compete with classmates and other schools in a fun, competition-led, learning environment.
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Common Core Literature 4 Word Choice and Tone

This video provides information to middle school and high school students on word choice and tone.
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Vocabulary Activities | Vocab Gal | K-12 Vocabulary Blog

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Posts with Vocabulary Activities on Sadlier's Vocab Gal blog helps enhance teaching and vocabulary resources in the classroom by providing educational advice and resources...
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EDUC 744: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits Online Course University of Wisconsin-Stout

EDUC 744: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits Online Course University of Wisconsin-Stout | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit

Instructor: Dennis O'Connor

June 18 - August 10, 2012

 

Learn how to teach and assess writing more effectively and help students understand the 6-Traits of good writing (voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency & conventions). Explore strategies to enable learners to progress through higher standards and improve test scores. Participants get extensive hands-on practice assessing a variety of student samples using the 6-Traits rubric.
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Show, Don’t (Just) Tell — A Simple but Effective Tip for More Engaging, Persuasive Writing

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A Simple but Effective Tip for More Engaging, Persuasive Writing


Don’t just tell me your brother is talented… show me what he can do, and let me decide whether I’m impressed. To convince your readers, show, don’t just tell them what you want them to know.


There. I’ve just told you something. Pretty boring, huh? Now, let me show you...

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Grammar Girl : Word Choice for Creative Writing :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

Grammar Girl : Word Choice for Creative Writing :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™ | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Every author who has ever stared at a blank page knows the primary difficulty in telling a story: whatever we write begins immediately to constrict us, to constrain us, into telling a certain type of story.


An author needs to be precise in his use of language in order to avoid confusing a reader. I like the quote from Mark Twain who is credited with saying that “The difference between the precise word and one that comes close is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."

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Vocabulary, Comprehension, and the Common Core: A Conversation with Doug Fisher (PODCAST)

Vocabulary, Comprehension, and the Common Core: A Conversation with Doug Fisher (PODCAST) and full transcript.


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Phraseup*

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This is a great tool to help develop your writng and vocabulary: Phraseup* assists you with writing by finding and filling-in the words you can't remember...


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Storynory, Free Audio Stories for Kids

Storynory, Free Audio Stories for Kids | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Beautifully read audio stories for children and adults. Listen online or via podcast or app. Fairytales, myths, legends and stories from around the world.
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Advice for students: Beware of thesaurus

Advice for students: Beware of thesaurus | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
But dressing up a piece of prose with thesaurus-words tends not to work well. And here’s why: a thesaurus suggests words without explaining nuances of meaning and levels of diction. So if you choose substitute-words from a thesaurus, it’s likely that your writing will look as though you’ve done just that. The thesaurus-words are likely to look odd and awkward, or as a writer relying on Microsoft Word’s thesaurus might put it, “extraordinary and uncoordinated.” When I see that sort of strange diction in a student’s writing and ask whether a thesaurus is involved, the answer, always, is yes.
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Joey Writes a letter

Joey writes an adoption letter for Chandler and Monica...


... and illustrates a common problem with the THEE Saurus! 

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Word Tamer

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A cleverly designed site that writers from approximately 7-11 years old work with to create or embellish mostly "scary" stories. Lots of writing prompts and instruction on the elements of storytelling. -JL


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Henry Hitchings on Language

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The wordsmith and cultural historian debunks common myths about English, recommends the smartest writing about words, and says apostrophes are “orthographic squiggles” not worth fighting for...


Henry Hitchings is an author, reviewer and critic. He specialises in language and cultural history. The second of his four books, The Secret Life of Words, won the 2008 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and in 2009 he received a Somerset Maugham Award. In 2011, his latest book The Language Wars was published and he presented the BBC documentary Birth of the British Novel. Since 2009, he has been the theatre critic of the London Evening Standard

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WritingFix: Word Choice Resources and Lessons

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Writing Traits: Teaching the Skills of Word Choice
teacher-created resources and lessons...all focused on skills that make up the word choice trait


The trait of word choice is a complex trait that should be discussed, explored, and further developed every year that students learn to write in school; both kindergartners and high school seniors can be taught to think about developmentally appropriate skills that are associated with word choice. This page contains word choice lessons and resources that we consider appropriate for sharing with third graders and up. If you are working with primary writers and the six traits, be sure to visit WritingFix's 6 Traits and Primary Writing Homepage.

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6-Traits Resources: Word Choice Classic: Bury Dead Words

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Bury overused phrases and dead words?  Prune the deadwood! Show don't tell!


A classic classroom word choice exercise is to 'bury dead words'. I used to do this at Halloween, creating a tombstone bulletin board where we'd nail up all those useless, deflated, overused, words that make writing flat and colorless.

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An interview with Jason Nelson | Cordite Poetry Review

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Shortly before one of my first digital poetry readings/talks at the University of Maryland, I was asked, during a pre-dinner, to describe how I generated ideas for my digital poems. Initially, I stormed into a discussion about not being satisfied with the limitations of print, and the need to find a format that satiated a curious and scattered mind. And while those points are entirely valid and contribute to my creative process/direction, they didn’t really answer the question of where the kernel, the initial spark for each digital poem lives. I stumbled through half-jokes and comments about the food and weather, until someone across from me said they loved my interfaces. At the time I hadn’t really, formally, considered the idea of an interface, the notion that digital poems have an engine, an architecture that structurally, thematically, cultural surrounds the poem, holds the poem, shelters and nurtures and indeed conceives (procreation digitally) the poem.


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Free Visual Dictionary & Thesaurus | Online Dictionary | Associated Words | Synonyms Dictionary at SnappyWords.com

Free Visual Dictionary & Thesaurus | Online Dictionary | Associated Words | Synonyms Dictionary at SnappyWords.com | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Snappy Words is a free visual English dictionary and thesaurus that lets you search the meaning of words and other associated words.


What is Snappy Words visual English dictionary?
It’s an online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus that helps you find the meanings of words and draw connections to associated words. You can easily see the meaning of each by simply placing the mouse cursor over it.

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6-Traits Resources: Word Choice: The J. Peterman Way

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The J. Peterman Catalog is real and online! http://www.jpeterman.com/

 

 

What a great way to teach word choice and voice! 

 

This topic was suggested during a discussion on Word Choice in my Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits online class.

 

I had some fun running down these resources. I'm not sure how they might play for the current generation of kids in the seats who may not be Seinfeld fans. Not many will know who J.Peterman is. That's why I tried so hard to find the right video example of word choice and voice!

 

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